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'Huge JJ Abrams' fan Rosin O invited to play at Star Wars director's A-list Oscar Wilde bash

Elaine McCahill

Published 09/12/2015 | 08:13

Roisin O at the Stellar Shine Awards
Roisin O at the Stellar Shine Awards

Irish singer-songwriter Roisin O said she’ll be starstruck by the A-listers when she performs at the Oscar Wilde party in LA next year.

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The annual bash is hosted by Star Wars director JJ Abrams and will take place the night before the Academy Awards on February 25. It’s usually a star-studded affair attended by both Irish stars and Hollywood elite.

Roisin, who is the daughter of Mary Black and the sister of The Coronas’ star Danny O’Reilly, said she can’t wait for the big night.

“I’m absolutely thrilled, it’s such an honour to be asked,” Roisin told the Herald.

“I remember when Heathers were asked to play a few years ago and it just sounded amazing – I never thought they’d ask me. 

“I’m a huge JJ Abrams fan, I love all his movies and I can’t wait to see the new Star Wars film, so I’m really excited for that aspect of it.

“I’ll get starstruck with anyone I’d say – if I see any of the Star Wars cast, I’ll just melt,” she added.

It has also been announced that chat show host James Corden is to named an honorary Irishman at the event in recognition of his contribution to film and television.

Other stars expected to attend include Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson but Roisin thinks she can play it cool with them.

“When it comes to all the Irish stars, I’ll probably be a bit more laid back with them,” she said.

“I’ve never met Saoirse Ronan or anything but I think I’d be more myself around people like her because she’s a girl from Ireland as well.”

Other Irish artists who have performed at the glamorous event include Dubliner Gavin James who has since supported Sam Smith on the American leg of his tour.

Roisin did a small tour in America in 2014 and is hoping this gig will showcase her talent as she serenades them with songs from her debut album The Secret Life of Blue.

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“It’s a great opportunity to showcase my songs to such an amazing group of people,” she said.

“There’ll be people from record labels, publishers, people who write music for movies and TV – it’ll be such a good start to 2016 for me anyway.”

“Fingers crossed it’ll help us to get a foothold over there and I was hoping to do a few shows there next summer so hopefully that will happen,” she added.

Next year is set to be a busy one for the 27-year-old as she’s working on new material and performing abroad.

“This year was incredible, I did my own headline tour in Germany, performed at Electric Picnic and Other Voices – and I’m loving it,” she said.

“Then next year I’m heading to Australia to do some gigs there and I’m hoping to record some new songs after Christmas as well,” she added.

Herald

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